Volunteering in Kenya: The African Volunteer Travel Opportunity

By: Moe Tamani

If you had to choose acountry to volunteer in Africa, whichdestination would you choose? Kenya?You are not alone. Kenya issituated in East Africa and shares its borders with Somalia,Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ugandaand Sudan.Kenyahas one of the greatest or biggest wildlife habitats in the world and it iscalled the Masai Mara, which sees the annual migration of Wildebeast. Some ofthe other big animals found in Kenyainclude buffalo, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and elephants.

?Although Kenya has somenatural resources and wildlife, there is still a lot more that Kenyan peopleneed in terms of stabilizing the economy. There is poverty, lack of healthcarefacilities, lack of education and poaching and amidst all this the Kenyan andthe Masai tribal people are trying hard to carve an existence.

?If you are interested inoverseas volunteer work and want to add to a cause then volunteering in Kenya is agreat opportunity! There are many organizations, which have specific programsthat can help you get volunteer work in the form of teaching English overseasor lend a helping hand in development of a community. Volunteering in Kenya, Africacan vary depending on the programs but opportunities offered are in thefollowing field:?

  • Academic reinforcement
  • Adult education
  • AIDS
  • Childcare/children
  • Community centers
  • Handicapped
  • Health care
  • Homelessness
  • Nature Conservation
  • Pastoral work
  • Primary education
  • Relief
  • Street kids
  • Teaching
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Women
  • Youth development

Volunteering in Kenya meansthat you will get to amass a lot of experience through working on severalprograms for a longer duration. Attending these programs and working for acause will be a value addition on your resume and also provide the necessaryexposure. You will get to work with existing staff and depending upon theprogram, you will attend to the issue at hand. As a foreign volunteer in Kenya, you canget the following facilities but this will largely vary from organization toorganization. They are:?

  • The program price can vary from $200 to $600 for 2 weeks
  • You can choose from a variety of volunteer work in Africa
  • The programs are mostly flexible
  • You will get 24/7 support from existing staff
  • You will get an airport pickup and/or drop
  • Local transportation
  • Food and lodging will be taken care of
  • You will get introduced to the local people, existing staff, banks, restaurants, government officials etc.
  • You will get to learn the local language through? a crash course

Volunteering in Kenya also offersa range of opportunities for those who love to be close to nature and wildlife.A part of overseas volunteer work, wildlife and environment conservationprograms in Kenya offer opportunities in animal welfare, biological research &conservation, wood cutting, fixing fences, ground patrol, ?protecting natural resources, reforestation, wildlifesurveying and many more.

?A typical volunteer forworking in Kenyadoesn’t need to have any kind of special education. You just need to beinspired and ready to work for a cause with passion and dedication. One of thekey qualities required is the ability to adapt to the environment. There aretimes when volunteers from US or Europe are unable to eat the food prepared in Africa by a local Masai woman and it is not just aboutfood, it is about complete adjustment and you have to become one with theproject. The recommended age is 18 or more for any of the programs. Nationalityor religion doesn’t matter for volunteering in Kenya.

?Volunteering in Kenyateaching programs involves teaching in elementary and high schools and thesubjects can vary from mathematics to English, science, social science, geography,history, painting, cooking and music. It doesn’t matter whether you have anyprior teaching experience or not. It all comes down to one thing: Are you readyto volunteer for a cause?

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